This dress is probably my longest-running UFO. I started it more than a year ago, traced the pattern and cut the fabric, and had not touched it since. Up until last month when I finally decided to sew it, as it was taking up precious space in my fabric cupboard.
Simplicity 2497 is an OOP pattern (it wasn’t OOP when I bought it in Spotlight!). Given that I sew so slowly, with endless distractions/responsibilities, by the time I sew my patterns, I’m not surprised if most of them are out of print or out of fashion. Neck ruffles, if I remember correctly, were trendy a few years ago. Maybe not now, but I don’t care….On the topic of trends – I don’t follow trends much – but even if I wanted to, I’d have no hope of sewing them. By the time I finish it, trend will be over. Maybe by a few years. I bought some off-the-shoulder patterns last season ( I like the style regardless of trend), but now it’s all about the sleeves…so my attitude is, just sew whatever.
- Pattern: Simplicity 2497, a Cynthia Rowley design, View D
- Size made: D5 (sizes 4-12 included). I made size 4
- Pattern pieces: 7 for view D (after eliminating pockets)
- Fabric used: Polyester crepe,135cm width, 3m length, bought on my Japan trip
- New Techniques used: Sewing princess seams; Using rolled hem
- Modifications: Raised neckline at lowest point by 5cm; Eliminated pockets; Reduced bodice sides by 5cm total; Used rolled hem instead of narrow hem for neck ruffle